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Patio’s Jesus Christ Superstar at Kit Carson Amphitheater through June 30


Mario Arambula-Damian as Jesus. Photo by Doug McMinimy.

Patio Playhouse’s rendition of “Jesus Christ Superstar” by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, is running Thursdays through Saturdays through June 30. This rock opera, wowing audiences for over 40 years, is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.
Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, “Superstar” follows the last week of Jesus Christ’s life and, told entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, his followers and the Roman Empire.
Patio Plays in the Park’s rendition this summer is a new take on an old classic, bringing a special flair in its details. There’s the venue under the Escondido night sky, the live rock band, and the stylings of a talented and versatile cast led by Patio newcomers Alyssa Guttendorf (Judas Iscariot) and Mario Arambula-Damian (Jesus Christ), bringing the complexities of their respective roles to dynamic life on stage.
The key element is the virtuosity of the vocals in this production… not only Guttendorf’s and Arambula Damian’s, but also those of Adriana Zuniga-Williams in the role of Mary Magdalene, Noah Zuniga-Williams as Caiaphas, Sarah Slaven as Annas, David Guthrie as Pontius Pilate, Jennifer Purviance as King Herod, Wyatt Rhinehart as Peter, Kai Brown as Simon Zealotes, and Doug Shattuck, Samantha Goldstein, and Geoffrey Cox as the Priests.
The cast of “Superstar” is rounded out by a skilled ensemble: Cindy Alfonso, JJ Barlow, Chris Braden, Lillian Broschart, Mark Broschart, Dominique Brown, Abby Cason, Diego Castro, Jovani Chavez, Catalina Colby, Kami Dickerson, John Paul Evert, Ali Flores, Alexander Guthrie, Cassiopeia Guthrie, Hannah Henson, Sydney Joyner, Priscilla Ju, Dylan Lally, Lea LeBrun, Jolyon Maxilom, Danielle Muckle, Karen Nolte, Elias Questenberg, Izaiah Rhinehart, Maille Riggs, Dorian Rodriguez, Laurissa Rudgers, Violeta Ruiz-Lopez, Jazmin Sanchez, Jason Schlarmann, Debra Thomas, Sierra Weis, Ashton Wright, and Dawn Marie Zuniga-Williams.
Director is Deborah Zimmer and producer is Brenda Townsend. Music Direction is by Emily Awkerman with Choreography by Erin Collins.
Partnership with Boys & Girls Club, Patio Plays in the Park is partnering with Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego all summer with a goal of bringing awareness to their programs. For many San Diego children, going back to school can be overwhelming. Not having the necessary school supplies or clothes can put an enormous amount of stress on parents and the 30,000 young people that Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego serves annually.
This summer, the Club is working hard to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children who lack the basic necessities to go back to school by running a collection drive to fill 1,000 backpacks with back-to-school basics for those in need in our own communities. Your donation makes a difference for a child. For more information about how BGCGSD is changing lives, please visit the organization website at Patio Playhouse is also a partner of the San Diego Theatre Connection, a group that fosters and supports service opportunities between arts organizations and nonprofit partners around San Diego County; the San Diego Theatre Connection can be found on Facebook and Instagram.
Performances continue through June 30, running Thursdays – Sundays at 8 p.m. and all shows will be presented at Kit Carson Amphitheater. Tickets are available for $25 for Adults, $22 for Seniors/Military/Students, and $18 for Youth 16 and under. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.
For reservations, contact the Patio Playhouse box office at 760-746-6669, via email, or via the website at

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